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With Tom Clarke (left) after Daniel Johnson scored the second goal at Turf Moor

With Tom Clarke (left) after Daniel Johnson scored the second goal at Turf Moor

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We are getting to know what the Championship is all about and we are going into games without fear.

There have probably only been a couple of games where we have been a bit off it and disappointed ourselves.

In the last couple of months we have found a way of playing which suits us and has made us hard to beat.

It is not about being negative, it is about staying in the game and building from there.

At Burnley last week, we put in a really good performance and came away with what we thought was a deserved victory.

What was vital was that we got the second goal to make things a bit more comfortable at the end.

We felt we could have had more from the two games before that.

At Fulham, we got ourselves into the lead and it was only a free-kick which saw us pegged back.

And I thought we could have got a point against Blackburn.

What you find in this division is that regularly, you are coming up against some very good strikers.

Each week, you look at the opposition and they have a centre-forward who has cost a lot of money or is banging in the goals.

There are some teams who have very big budgets and have spent £10m or £11m on a striker. They have ambitions to get back to the Premier League and have thrown some money at it.

It is good to test ourselves against that type of player and generally we have done quite well handling them.

As a defence, we relish the challenge of coming up against some top strikers.

You look at who we have come up against recently – Charlie Austin, Jordan Rhodes, Ross McCormack and Andre Gray to name but a few.

We are now building up towards another tough game this weekend.

Reading started the season very well and have a good group of players.

Nick Blackman has scored plenty of goals and we are aware of what they can do.

We won’t underestimate them because they are a test for anyone in the division.

But we will take confidence from recent results, especially the Burnley win, and hopefully we can give the home fans something to cheer about.

Our aim is to put more points on the board at Deepdale and we are capable of doing that.

We beat Nottingham Forest here last month and it would be nice to get another three points.

We are at home again next Tuesday against Birmingham, so this is a big few days for us.

Away from football, it has been horrible to watch the news and see the floods in Cumbria and Lancashire.

I’m from Carlisle which is where some of the worst flooding has been – you will have all seen the pictures of the football ground under several feet of water.

I know quite a few people who have been affected by the floods and this is the second time in just a few years that this has happened in Carlisle.

With Christmas less than a couple of weeks away, it is heartbreaking for those caught up in it.

The houses which have been flooded will take months to dry out properly before people can move back in.

They have been without power and it must have been terrifying.

Things now have to get sorted with insurance companies, which takes time.

Despite £40m being spent on flood defences since the first time, it has happened again.

In situations like this, you do see people pulling together and the community has rallied around.

I have a house in the Carlisle area but fortunately I’m a few minutes drive away from where the flooding happened so I wasn’t affected.

Hopefully, it is a long time before anything like this happens again.